Space & Capital Planning Manager, Physical Plant

Administrative/Staff Positions
Thunder Bay
Physical Plant

Space & Capital Planning Manager, Physical Plant

Thunder Bay, Ontario

Full-Time, Permanent

Schedule II


Competition # SCHII-22-51


Lakehead University is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Space and Capital Planning Manager in Physical Plant. Based in picturesque Thunder Bay, the regional capital of Northwestern Ontario which is located in the center of Canada and with close proximity to the United States.


Thunder Bay is one of Canada’s top emerging cities. Here you will find a mix of modern city living and the best of nature – all on your doorstep. Thunder Bay provides small city affordability, big city opportunities and the bonus of a superior lifestyle. When it comes to location, nature and cost of living, Thunder Bay is one of the best places to live in Canada.


Lakehead is a comprehensive University with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research.  In 2022, for the third year in a row, Lakehead University was included in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. Lakehead is the highest ranked university in the world with under 10,000 students. Maclean’s has once again included Lakehead University among Canada’s top 10 primarily undergraduate universities in the magazine’s 2021 University Rankings.


The Space & Capital Planning Manager is responsible for three primary areas for the campus; roofing issues, hazardous materials, and minor renovations. These tasks require writing tenders and specifications, drafting required drawings, researching existing drawings, managing the tendering process, including conducting site visits and answering tender questions; awarding & managing the construction project and approving invoices. (This includes main campus, off campus buildings and Residence buildings and staff).


Managing the university's asbestos containing materials (ACM), requires understanding and adhering to, the OH&S Act, and Regulation 278/05, (asbestos regulation).  The regulation dictates that annually; audit all buildings with ACM & upload to a database (HMIS), train specific employee groups, including equipping with PPE, and respirator fit testing.  This position manages the required removals projects, as generated from the audit.  The Hazardous Materials portion of this position includes mould and lead paint remediation as additional duties. This position is also responsible for a variety of Physical Plant portfolios; such as the Council of Ontario Universities (COU) space study, capital planning software and auditing, campus roofs, insurance and small in-house projects.


Along with three to five years of experience in project management of construction projects and understanding of contract documentation, the desired candidate will possess a diploma in Architectural or Engineering Technology along with knowledge and experience of design, construction details, building envelope, general mechanical & electrical systems, and furniture for renovation projects and new builds.  They will have the ability to interpret and apply COU Space Study space factors, architectural standards and provincial & local building codes.


Previous asbestos work in construction training and a minimum of 5 years of experience in managing asbestos projects, including Type 3 removals; and strong understanding of managing asbestos, in a facility environment, where buildings and systems are interlinked, via a power house and occupied is preferred. Five years of experience in mould assessment & removal projects, and a strong understanding of OH&S Act and MOL guidelines is also preferred. Proficiency with AutoCAD is a must, and experience with Archibus, VFA/Accruent, HMIS (asbestos database), WHMIS, Health and Safety training, and familiarity with COU Space Study-Building Blocks is an asset.


The desired candidate will also be comfortable working from heights, obtain strong verbal and written communication skills, ability to multi-task, prioritize, ability to attend onsite, at moment's notice, investigating building issues on roofs, interior & exterior of buildings, crawlspaces, asbestos removals and via lift devices.


Lakehead University offers a competitive remuneration package including salary, comprehensive benefits package, life insurance, pension plan, and tuition waiver.


Interested applicants may apply by clicking on this link to a Google Form and attaching your cover letter and resume in word or PDF format.


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We appreciate your interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be notified.


Lakehead University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals including women, racialized persons, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities and other equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.  This is in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements.


Lakehead University is committed to supporting an accessible environment. Applicants requiring accommodation during the interview process should contact the Office of Human Resources at (807) 343.8334 or to make appropriate arrangements.